Professional Learning

Year-round CPE credit opportunities for educators


The Arboretum isn’t just the perfect field trip for students and the best floral display in Dallas, but it is also the ideal location to get TEA-approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit if you’re a teacher! All of our workshops allow educators the opportunity to enjoy learning in Dallas’ most beautiful outdoor classroom in highly-aligned and hands-on workshops. Many workshops are also available at your campus (for groups of fifteen or more). Custom workshops available upon request.

Please review our professional development options below, and contact education@dallasarboretum.org with any questions.

GreenSchools Investigations

GreenSchools Investigations
Teachers of grades 4 – 12
6 hours of CPE
Saturday, January 26, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Non-member: $45
Member: $40

Participants learn how to implement five hands-on, student-driven investigations and how to apply for PLT’s GreenWorks! Grants.
Parking included.

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Project Learning Tree's GreenSchools program inspires students to improve the environment at their school, at home, and in their community. Attend this workshop and learn how to develop student-led ‘Green Teams’ that apply STEM concepts and practices to create greener and healthier schools. After attending this workshop, participants are eligible to apply for PLT’s GreenWorks! Grants, up to $1,000 in funding for service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Great for creating new school green teams or for existing coordinators looking for new student projects!

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Project E3: Expanding Energy Education

Project E3: Expanding Energy Education
Teachers of grades K – 12
6 hours of CPE
Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Non-member: $45
Member: $40

Registration includes the Project E3: Expanding Energy Education guide.
Parking also included.

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Project E3: Expanding Energy Education is a multidisciplinary curriculum guide for grades K–12 featuring hands-on discovery activities related to energy themes. The curriculum was developed by the Offshore Energy Center in Galveston, Texas. In this workshop, our Project E3 Facilitator will model easy to implement, TEKS-aligned classroom activities that guide your students to explore fossil fuels. Activities will help students identify fossil fuels, investigate how they are formed and examine how we use fossil fuels in our everyday lives

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Flying WILD

Flying WILD
Teachers of grades K – 12
6 hours of CPE

Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Non-member: $45
Member: $40

Registration includes Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds.
Parking also included.

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The Flying WILD curriculum contains over 40 activities that teach students about birds, their migration and what people can do to help birds and their habitats. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in activities about basic avian biology, migratory bird facts, bird identification and environmental issues affecting migratory birds.

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Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!

Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!
Teachers of grades 3 – 8
3 hours of CPE
Tuesday, March 26, 2018

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Non-member: $30
Member: $25

Registration includes light bites, wine and the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Curriculum guide. Parking also included.

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Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! (LGEG) is a research-based curriculum project of the International Junior Master Gardener® Program. The program guides students to identify where their food comes from, understand the nutrients found in food, gain skills needed to grow their own food, and maintain health through physically activity. The lessons in this guide connect classroom activities to the food growing in your school garden and/or being served in your school’s lunch room. This multidisciplinary curriculum is a great way to connect science, math, health and physical education learning!

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Get Your Garden Growing @ Noble Research Institute

Get Your Garden Growing
Teachers of grades K – 8
6 hours of CPE

Saturday, March 30, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Non-member: $45
Member: $40
​Includes free optional overnight stay and meals!

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This workshop will take place at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma. An optional overnight stay is included in the cost of the workshops at the Noble Research Institute, giving you the flexibility to drive up to Oklahoma on Friday afternoon or evening for the Saturday workshop. Or, skip the overnight stay and drive up on Saturday morning.

In partnership with the Noble Research Institute, this workshop will focus on implementing, maintaining and sustaining a garden in your schoolyard. Topics include: sustainability in the garden, composting, long-term management, irrigation and pest and weed management – and all activities are aligned to earth and life science standards, so you can implement them with your students in the school garden! Pre-workshop surveys will be used to shape workshop activities to your needs.

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